Become an Instructor
The Instructor is responsible for ensuring that standards and policies are applied consistently to all students enrolled in the course.
The Role of An Instructor
The managerial role refers to the organizational, procedural, and administrative tasks associated with maintaining an online learning environment.
- Setting agendas and timetables and monitoring overall timing and pacing
- Providing clear instructions for all course activities and assignments as well as guidelines or netiquette expectations for online discussions
- Building and managing online groups
- Facilitating and managing online discussions
- Coordinating assignments and grades
The pedagogical role includes a wide range of tasks (e.g., instructional, intellectual, and content-based) that contribute to the students’ understanding and application of course content and development of critical thinking skills.
- Selecting, refining, and regularly updating course materials
- Writing clear learning objectives and aligning the course materials, activities, and assessments with them
- Designing online discussions and activities
- Stimulating critical thinking and reflection by using questions and probes
- Assessing student work and providing timely feedback to students
- Referring students to online support services for tutoring, advising, library resources, or other help when necessary
The social role promotes a friendly environment and community feeling to support students’ cognitive processes and learning experiences.
- Implementing “ice breaker” or get-to-know-you activities
- Motivating and engaging students in a community of inquiry
- Creating a supportive climate for learning that respects individual differences
- Attending to individual concerns
- Using a friendly, personal tone
- Building social rapport and a collective identity among the class